October Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the October newsletter where we launch the much-anticipated Ful.Vic.Health, we introduce a groundbreaking new serum from Garden of Wisdom (GoW) and we are launching three new products in the Beauty Restorer series by Hayo’u.

On top of that we have a momentous birthday celebration, which you will need to read carefully. When I write that, it nearly always means there is a gift involved and this is no exception, so do check it out. We also launch three new products from Lanolips.

Additionally, Shabir was in the bathroom with Trinny again (without me – I offered him a blow-up rubber doll in replacement – you need to have seen his face) and if that isn’t enough I will also tell you what made it to Milan Fashion Week, and it wasn’t me. It’s going to be a long one, let’s do it: Read More…

The New Generation Of Gua Sha

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Chinese medicine has had a real resurgence this year with plenty of experts and beauty brands taking inspiration from the ancient ritualistic approach. It goes hand-in-hand with the modern concept of self-care and desire felt by many to strike the work/life balance and switch off.

If you follow Gill’s newsletters you’ll already be well-versed in the Hayo’u method and its authentic yet practical take on Chinese medicine and more specifically the Gua Sha massage technique. The skin-boosting Beauty Restorer has become a bestseller and offers a fool-proof approach to facial massage. This autumn, Hayo’u is launching three new tools. We caught up with the founder, Katie Brindle to find out more…

The hair reviver

For some, the idea that a piece of jade stone could in anyway help boost hair growth could be a bit far-fetched. Yet the Beauty Restorer Comb has been expertly cut and chiselled to do just that. Using the same approach as the original Beauty Restorer, the comb works by boosting your circulation to drive nutrients to the follicles in your scalp.

“It also massages the acupressure points of your head, regulating the meridians (energy channels) that flow through the scalp,” says Brindle. “This is great for your overall health.”

The inspiration behind the Beauty Restorer Comb was personal for Brindle. “I inherited thin hair from my mother and grandfather then endless dieting during my teens and early 20s resulted in anything remotely resembling a luscious head of hair,” she says. “Having tried everything on the market to no avail I gave up and resorted to extensions as it was so bad.”

For those who know this feeling all too well, Brindle recommends sweeping the comb across your scalp from your forehead down to your neck. While this can be done at any time of the day, on wet or dry hair, Brindle stresses that it should be done daily for the best results.

The eye brightener

Also known as the Beauty Restorer Precision, this small paddle wand has the potential to magically brighten and smooth your eye and lip areas. “It’s really simple to use, letting you get even closer to fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and lips,” says Brindle.

Unlike the other Hayo’u tools, you need to use small ‘flick’ movements when you use this one and use your natural facial contours as a guide. For example, trace your eye socket with small flicks to boost and lift your eye area. Like with the comb, you do need to use the Beauty Restorer Precision regularly to see any difference.

While it was designed for the eyes and lips, you can use this tool all over your body. “The fine tip means you can use it for longer and with pinpoint accuracy to reach every contour, line and wrinkle around your whole face,” says Brindle. “It can also be used on specific areas of muscular tension and joint pain to clear inflammation and stagnation.” If you spend too much time sat at a desk or on your phone, you might find it helpful in treating carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI.

The skin booster

At first glance the Beauty Restorer Lite looks exactly the same as the original. But, upon closer inspection you’ll notice that it is much slimmer and lighter. Brindle designed it for those with more delicate skin. “The older we get, the thinner and more delicate our skin gets – due to the natural loss of elastin and collagen over time, as well as hormonal changes, which weaken it,” she explains.

“Children also need a gentler tool as each layer of their skin is only around one fifth of the thickness of adults.  thinner and more delicate. Each layer of young children’s skin is around one fifth as thick as adult skin,” Brindle adds. The Beauty Restorer Lite can be used in the same way as the original tool, following the traditional Gua Sha method, to help boost circulation and reduce inflammation. It’s also particularly good at helping to clear up teenage acne and breakouts.

For more information on Hayo’u and the Gua Sha rituals, click here.

June Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the June newsletter where we talk about the launch of a new product from LixirSkin, which is rather special. We take a look at some other new product launches, there is a bestselling supplement treat, all the latest news and feedback and we also throw the focus on mental health issues. And then of course we have the girls with this month’s feature articles. Let’s do it:

Soft Clay Rubber by LixirSkin

It has been nine months since we launched LixirSkin for Colette Haydon. Simplistic in its approach to skincare, there were just six products in the range and now there are seven. So we say hello to Soft Clay Rubber, which sits in all its resplendent knicker-pink pot glory in my bathroom and I’m guessing it will soon be in most of your bathrooms too. Read More…

May Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the May newsletter where we have rather a lot to get through including the launch of four new brands, several new and exciting products, news, feedback and this month’s features from the girls. The girls! And then we have Shabir who has formulated his own new product, which will appear somewhere in the midst of everything.

That said, we are going to begin with two of the new brands. The entire ethos of VH has always been to help make a difference to each of you with cutting-edge and pioneering products. When that encompasses a far wider audience and an enablement to address fundamental and profound health concerns, it becomes something more. Far more. Let’s do it. Read More…

Beauty, Skin, Hayo’u

Meet the woman teaching us how to do a natural face lift, get rid of cellulite – and stop obsessing – Lisa Armstrong

 

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    Feeling – and looking – six or seven out of 10 most days is a state of affairs many of us are used to. So is shoring up chronic fatigue with short term fixes. Flickering energy, patchy sleep, low libido, background aches, thinning hair, dull, saggy skin – they’re all accepted symptoms of getting older.

    Yet, according to Katie Brindle, a Chinese medicine practitioner, they’re not inevitable. She’s not knocking Western medicine – it’s delivered her three children. But she fervently believes some simple routines based on Chinese traditions could benefit our health. “If more people knew these techniques, we’d save the NHS a fortune,” she says. She’s equally convinced we could chuck out most of our chemical laden anti-ageing beauty gunk if we learned how to breathe, move, eat and self-massage properly. To this end she’s just written a book: Yang Sheng, its full of ancient wisdoms condensed into practical tips.

    Brindle knows all about being stuck at five out of 10. In her early 20s, she was in a serious car accident. The whiplash stayed with her and her voice altered. The opera career she was training for was out the window – she’s still slightly husky sounding 25 years later. But it was the continuous pain and chronic lack of energy that floored her. Even walking became challenging. Read More…

April Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the April newsletter where we take a look at some rather fabulous new products, most of which are now on my must-have, must-take, must-use list. It’s all looking a bit tragic for Shabir who literally despairs of me at times (actually most of the time), but he keeps stashes of products behind his desk and thinks that I don’t know, but I do. Vindicated.

So we go straight in with the new products, followed by new releases from Ameliorate, Hayo’u and Ilapothecary, all the latest news and updates, another wait list scenario (this one’s a global shortage), an announcement (of the humbling kind) and of course this month’s feature articles from the editorial team.

And one more thing; my special thanks to Victoria who became ‘me’ and wrote this month’s Addicts Bulletin, which I shall crib further down this newsletter. I have no shame. None. The truth is that I was in LA and despite her telling the Addicts that I was probably sitting by the side of the pool, I was actually working and the first two products are living proof of that statement. Let’s do it: Read More…